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Bound by Destiny: Half-Blood Princess: The Guardians Part 2 Paperback – June 4, 2012
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Tavian is struggling to come to grips with his destiny. Being presented a piece of parchment that basically tells you your future isn't something you easily swallow, especially when it says you'll find an "epic love." He tries to avoid the prophecy as much as possible whilst away in Europe for two years, but when he returns to Maldera Springs he has no choice but to embrace it when Ashlyn, the daughter of the Half-Blood Princess, calls for his aid when her friend goes missing.
Faced with his destiny and with a prospect of new, everlasting love, Tavian has a lot on his hands in this installment of Magen McMinimy's epic series.
I really did enjoy this book, especially since it was about Tavian. I've said before how he was one of my favorites from the beginning, and I was glad to see him in action after a while of the focus being away from him. I love author Magen McMinimy's ability to create such unique characters, each with their own personalities and voices. With such a long series and an expansive world, it's easy to make carbon copies of previous characters, but Magen triumphs in making original characters left and right. I'm sincerely impressed with her writing prowess, happy to have been given a chance to read this series, and look forward to more!
Tavian being an old vampire, who was there when Ashlyn was born, and sees her grow up pretty much shuns the idea that she is his destiny. Even with fighting it, he can't deny his feelings towards her, and when she calls him for help he doesn't think twice before jumping on a plane and going to her. He would do anything for her. There love begins to bloom, even though she is in denial just as much as he, but not because she feels it's wrong per say, but because of who he is: Her mother's Guardian.
Once they finally stop fighting things they become a couple and work together to solve the murder of someone close to her. I am just glad he found his happy ending. After being possessed and losing Sarah, he had a hard time dealing with his life. He focused on training and working for the head hauncho, Cain. It's an emotional ride that yet again keeps you wanting more.
The budding romance between Ashlyn and Tavian is the main focus of this book of the series. And the romance is a laid back and gentle kind of romance, the kind that is sweet, endearing and lasting. I found myself falling in love with the couple and believing in fairy tales.
In the continuing saga of the vampires and their future, the plot has more suspense than action in this story and continues to engage you with the addition of another special paranormal character.
The author speeds up time to bring us to this chapter of the saga. This is an interesting way to bring in all the characters of the prophecy. The only drawback I found to this story is it was too short and I wish I could have spent a little more time with Ashlyn and Tavian.
I am looking forward to reading the eighth book in the Half-Blood Princess and I am very curious to see if the new paranormal character will be involved in the future of the series.
Tavian Belikov returns home to Maldera springs after being gone for 2 years in Europe working for Cain and helping to get back the control of the Vampire race after trying to avoid Sophia's prophecy and the constant urging of his friends to just given in and let it happen. All grown up and fresh out of high school, Ashlyn wants to go out into the real world. With the help of her best friend, they begin their journey in New York but shortly after arriving Ashlyn's best friend goes missing. Faced with a tough situation and having been sheltered from the truth of the real world, Ashlyn calls upon her gaurdian Tavian for help.
Can Tavian help Ashlyn find her missing friend in time? Will the prophecy come true or will they fight against destiny?
Received a reviewer copy from author.